Hometown salutes hero and birthday boy Chris Hadfield

Troy Shantz Ninety-two minutes after lifting off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Station Col. Chris Hadfield found himself smack-dab over Sarnia. “I floated to the window and I got the camera ready… I could see the curve of Lake Huron, I could start to see how it was pointing to where Sarnia was,” the first Canadian… Read more »

Ottawa announces funding for oversized load corridor

Ottawa will kick in up to $6 million for Sarnia-Lambton’s oversized load corridor. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement at Sarnia Harbour last week. The $12-million project, which has already begun, will relocate or remove signs, lights and other obstructions to make it faster and cheaper for local industry and fabricating companies to… Read more »

The Sarnia Braves are Ontario’s new baseball champions

Troy Shantz The Sarnia Braves are headed to the national championships. The city’s ‘AAA’ baseball club emerged victorious at the Ontario finals in Windsor recently to secure a trip to the Canadian championships in New Brunswick this month. “That’s basically the hardest tournament to win in the country,” said coach James Grant of the provincial… Read more »

LHIN funding new bursaries to help ease PSW shortage

Journal Staff Several organizations are coming together to address the growing shortage of personal support workers. The South West LHIN is funding 200 bursaries worth $1 million to help students earn PSW certificates at Lambton College and three other colleges. Lambton will award 20 scholarships valued at $5,000 each over the next three semesters. And… Read more »

Province to pay for review of city services

Sarnia is getting up to $200,000 from the Ontario government to improve the way it delivers services to taxpayers. The money from the Audit and Accountability Fund will pay for an independent, third party review of City Hall operations and administration. The consultant’s final report will contain specific recommendations for cost-savings, the minister of municipal… Read more »

Orientation day planned for young bus riders

The public and Catholic school boards are hosting an orientation day on Aug. 17 for parents and first-time school bus riders from junior kindergarten to Grade 1. The free event at the Education Centre at 200 Wellington St. runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is designed to help familiarize first-time riders. Parents are… Read more »

Sarnia Saints bumped from first place

A pair of losses knocked the Sarnia Saints Men’s rugby squad out of first place. The Saints A team fell to the Guelph Redcoats 26-20 on July 27, also losing to Niagara 36-13 earlier They fell to second in the league behind Guelph with an 8-3-0 record. Niagara, in third, faced Guelph on Aug. 10…. Read more »

OHL pre-season games signal another hockey season

The Sarnia Sting are about to return to pre-season action. The London Knights face off against the Buzz on Aug. 31 and the Windsor Spitfires are in town on Sept. 13. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sarnia travels to London on Aug. 30, and then to the WFCU Centre in Windsor on Sept…. Read more »

New mobile crisis response team launched in Sarnia

A new emergency response team designed to de-escalating high-pressure mental health situations was launched in Sarnia last week. The Mental Health Engagement and Response Team, or MHEART, is a mobile crisis intervention team of nurses specializing in mental health care that will work with Sarnia Police, the OPP and Bluewater Health. The goal is to… Read more »

Juiced in time: New fundraiser easy peasy, lemon squeezy

Tara Jeffrey When Kaylen Burgess set out to launch a new fundraiser for the summer students at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton, she hoped five or six businesses might get on board. “The feedback and support has been incredible — everyone loved the idea and really just jumped on it,” she said, pointing to… Read more »